Riga? Why not?

Riga? Why not?

Last week I visited Riga, the capital of Latvia. When I booked the tickets, I thought that I made a terrible mistake but I was totally wrong! The city is fantastic, very cheap and has plenty things to do. Please don’t make the mistake to book a taxi from the airport to your hotel. There’s bus 22 that can take you to the centre of the city in just 30 minutes and with maximum cost 2 euros! I paid 18 euros for a taxi but the driver, that was supposed to wait for me inside the airport, was waiting outside and far away from the arrival section. Anyway, you should definitely visit the Old Town of Riga. It starts from the city hall square. There, you will find the city hall (duh!), the house of the blackheads and then, you can proceed to the main square of Old Town. Top image: Old Town Square.

St Peter’s Cathedral and the House of The Blackheads on the City Hall Square

St Peter’s Cathedral and the House of The Blackheads on the City Hall Square

Then, get lost into the narrow streets of the Old Town. You will find small coffee shops and small pubs. I really recommend the Queen’s pub. Very good prices and delicious burgers. Check the main square of the Old Town (top picture) and then move towards the Independence Monument. There’s a small park near the National Opera. Take some time there and chill at the benches.

Park near the National Opera2

Park near the National Opera

 

Park near the National Opera

Park near the National Opera

I was lucky enough to find out that the day I was there it was the Museum Night, so I could enter many museums for free. I visited the Latvian Parliament even though the line was so long. You can see for yourselves!

Latvian Parliament

Latvian Parliament

Finally, I had to visit St Peter’s Cathedral, in order to see the spectacular view of Riga. The entrance fee is 9 for adults and 7 for students. There’s a lift that takes you 72 meters up and you can see a 360 view of the city.

View of Riga from St Peter’s Cathedral

View of Riga from St Peter’s Cathedral

Impressions: A small city with many capabilities. Some many places to chill, to see and experience the Latvian life. Don’t forget to visit the flea market that exists at the main square of the Old Town. You can find many masterpieces. ;)

Have fun!